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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (Sept. 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080655
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Philip Maffetone is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician, and author in the field of nutrition, exercise and sports medicine, stress management, and biofeedback. He was named “Coach of the Year” by Triathlete Magazine and honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top twenty most influential people in endurance sports worldwide. He is the author of more than a dozen books on sports, fitness, and health.

Mark Allen is six-time winner of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.

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I read the first part on the book which explains the training approach and why it works. I will likely read the rest of the book at some future point.
I am a 63 year old man who has been athletic all of my life, and ran 18 marathons in my 20s having trained mainly using the LSD ( long, slow distance) method. The Maffetone Method is, to me, reminiscent of LSD, but with much better scientific explanations to back it up and some very convincing stories that demonstrates that it works. I am no longer a distance runner because I know first hand the wear and tear it inflicts on my joints from the constant pounding on hard surfaces. Today, I am a Skiker ( www.skike.com) because I can obtain all of the benefits of cross country skiing without the joint trauma and enjoy my outings far more. I currently Skike with the Maffetone system and, after 3 months of this method, I have noticed excellent progress in the pace that I can sustain at mt target HR zone. In June, I completed 294 km of distance Skiking three times per week and continue to be amazed at my energy level and my relatively few aches and pains as compared to my past as a runner. I am committed to the Maffetone Method, and to Skiking as my main form of recreational exercise and hope to continue both well into my retirement years which will begin in July 2016.
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I've really only been consistently applying the method in this book for about 2-3 months using a treadmill and indoor bike (including 3 weeks of being sick and doing nothing). Most of my previous running (5 years off and on) was likely mostly in the anaerobic zone since I used to not wear the heart rate monitor, and the method in this book has definitely highlighted my lack of aerobic fitness. Previously, I managed to complete a 20:00 minute 5 KM but couldn't seem to improve from there and got injured frequently. I definitely feel better and sleep better using this method and have fewer injuries for the same amount of volume. Implementing this running method at times has been frustratingly slow and even laughable with the slowness of the pace I needed to run at, and the amount of walking breaks I've needed to take to keep my heart rate down. However, I think I may be on the cusp of seeing some tangible results on my heart rate/running pace as I've just started noticing I have moments where I can run a lot faster at the same heart rate (as Maffetone asserts will happen). In any case, just for overall improvement in health and feeling of well being I will probably stick to it even if my pace never improved. I suspect that any significant improvements for me will come over months and years as opposed to weeks. At least I don't dread my workouts anymore and I feel a lot better the rest of the time. Maffetone gives you a clearly defined measurement to gauge your effort and progress based on his research. I would say this book is probably the best training advice I have ever come across.
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I liked its content. Not focusing too much on training plans but the physiological training aspect....which is
important, even for the inexperienced, runner....Good logical, important information for not only the runner...enjoy!!
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By brianwc75 on Sept. 4 2012
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Very informative and detailed info on endurance training. I also have the big book of health, which is also a great read. Very easy to digest info and quite straight forward.
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By seabags on May 16 2013
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Covers every aspect of endurance training. I wish I had found this book when I started running. Better late than never.
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